7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at Backbooth, $8-$10
Old Crow Medicine Show
"When we were discovered by Doc Watson on the street corner, we were playing in the same spot where Doc Watson played when he was 23 – 50 years before that, the same spot, same side of the street, same corner," says Ketch Secor, a founding member of Old Crow. Read our interview with Old Crow Medicine Show.
7 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at House of Blues, $30
SoCal punks Strung Out have been stringing along devoted fans for ages with their well-known melodic hardcore ways that keep right on reeling on this year's Transmission. Alpha. Delta – the band's first release in six years.
7 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the Social, $18-$20
Since going solo in 2007, ex-Drive-By Trucker and Alabama son Jason Isbell has become one of the most nuanced and critically lauded voices in alternative country, well on his way to genre-legend status. With patient craftsmanship, he paints his elegant, hued pathos across country, Southern rock, Muscle Shoals soul and blues in thoughtful, atmospheric strokes. - Bao Le-Huu Read more.
7 p.m. Friday, May 15, at the Plaza Live, $29.50-$39.50
While the new record can be (and has often been) described as more subdued and is definitely crudely rootsy, it’s not like the band did an about-face and forgot how to rev up a room. It is released on trendsetting label Burger Records, which likes their artists just a little on the trashy side. Read more.
9 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Will's Pub, $8-$10
Built to Spill
Speaking of releasing their first record in six years, Built to Spill unleashed Untethered Moon and somehow made it feel like they never left us, charging back with weirdo guitar antics and intensely thoughtful lyrics.
8 p.m. Friday, May 15, at the Social, $20-$25
Fans have been making due with mixtapes (many self-released) with later ones featuring flashy guest appearances by bigger guns (Busta Rhymes, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J), but the hype and promise of the rapper’s debut LP this year could raise his profile even higher than his six-episode stint starring on MTV reality show Son of a Gun did in 2011. Catch him at Backbooth before he explodes, because judging by his determined ascent, Cory Gunz is a sure shot. Read more.
6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Backbooth, $20
Young Buck reunited with G-Unit last year after six years of scuffling, releasing a mixtape, Before the Beast, between the hip-hop group's two bounce-back EPs.
9 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Venue 578, $15
Dromes DJ Set
Yo. It's ya boy, Dromes. Also known as Chandler Strang, the catchy electronic producer and songwriter behind bands like Saskatchewan and Case Work. And he wants to make your Sunday a little more smoove.
10 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at Lil Indies, free
Jim Ivy's Tangled Bell Ensemble
Local musician Jim Ivy makes a musical mess with a hand-picked, eclectic range of musicians with varied influences. His vision forces the disparate pieces to co-exist in an exciting display of improvisation that seeks beauty in creating conflict.
7 p.m. Monday, May 18, at Gallery at Avalon Island, free
Nobody does revival tours quite like Alkaline Trio, who bashes in the brains of retrospective full-album performances with this month's showcase of all eight records over four days. This show kicks it off.
7 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the Social, sold out